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Olympiacos vs AC Milan: Match preview, team news, predictions, venue & where to watch detail | UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Varun Nair
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1.99K   //    13 Dec 2018, 10:53 IST

Can AC Milan make it 5 games unbeaten?
Can AC Milan make it 5 games unbeaten?

A tricky fixture away in Greece awaits the Italian giants as AC Milan take on Olympiacos during the final day of the Europa League group matches. Anything less than a point could see Gattuso and his men crashing out in the group stages of the Europa League, with Olympiacos going through to the next round.

AC Milan sits 2nd with 10 points in Group F, trailing Real Betis by a single point. Betis travel to Luxembourg to take on last-placed Dudelange. Olympiacos sits in 3rd place with 7 points, and will need a victory against their opponents at home to possibly secure passage into the knockout stages of the Europa League.


Olympiacos vs AC Milan: Kick-off information

Date: 13 December 2018

Time: 22:00 (local time), 01:30 (IST)

Venue: Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens

Livestream: SonyLiv


Olympiacos vs AC Milan: Team news

Olympiacos has an almost fit squad to call upon, with Egyptian national Ahmed Hassan the only player on the injury list for the Greek giants.

Bonaventura will be out for the season after having a successful knee surgery
Bonaventura will be out for the season after having a successful knee surgery

Gattuso and his men have been plagued by injuries all season, with key players like Giacomo Bonaventura, Lucas Biglia, Mattia Caldara, and Matteo Musacchio all suffering long-term injuries, with Bonaventura being out for the season.

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Fullback, Ivan Strinic, is also not available, with the Croatian yet to achieve full fitness, while Romagnoli might not be forced into the first XI, though the Italian is almost fit.


Olympiacos vs AC Milan: Probable line-ups

Olympiacos: Sa, Koutris, Vukovic, Cisse, Torosidis, Nahuel, Guilherme, Fortounis, Camara, Elabdellaoui, Guerrero.

AC Milan: Reina, Calabria, Zapata, Abate, Rodriguez, Suso, Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu, Cutrone, Higuain


Olympiacos vs AC Milan: Form guide

The last 5 competitive matches

Olympiacos: D-W-L-W-D

AC Milan: D-W-W-D-L


Olympiacos vs AC Milan: Head to head

Olympiacos: 0 wins

AC Milan: 2 wins

Draw: 1


Olympiacos vs AC Milan: Prediction

With victory guaranteeing both teams a path into the knockout stages of the tournament, both sides are likely to field full strength teams.

AC Milan is on a 4 match unbeaten streak, and is expected to at least get a point against their Greek opponents. Moreover, the Greek giants have been on a poor run of form in the domestic circuit, with the club trailing their league leaders by 8 points.

Olympiacos can take confidence in the fact that the Milan centre-back pairing of Zapata and Abate are very inexperienced in their positions.

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